Hybridized Polymer Matrix Composites.
AVCO SPECIALTY MATERIALS DIV LOWELL MA
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Methods of improving the fire resistance of graphite epoxy composite laminates were investigated with the objective of reducing the volume of loose graphite fibers disseminated into the airstream as the result of a high intensity aircraft fuel fire. Improvements were sought by modifying the standard graphite epoxy systems without significantly negating their structural effectiveness. The modifications consisted primarily of an addition of a third constituent material such as glass fibers, glass flakes, carbon black in a glassy resin. These additions were designed to encourage coalescense of the graphite fibers and thereby reduce their aerodynamic float characteristics. A total of 38 fire tests were conducted on thin 1.0 mm and thick 6.0 mm hybrid panels. jg p2
- Laminates and Composite Materials
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Polymer Chemistry
- Safety Engineering